Lord of Misrule, a Mardi Gras masquerade ball to benefit the KC Fringe
Festival, is this Saturday from 7 to 11:30 p.m. at Fringe
Central (1730 Broadway). In true Fringe fashion, this Mardi Gras-themed
party will have jugglers, belly dancers and body painters. Snack on
jambalaya and king cake before scoring a drink at the cash bar. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
First Fridays return to the Crossroads, and to celebrate, you should have lunch at the American Restaurant. The monthly "lost Fridays" lunch series returns with 50 percent off bottles of wine, artisan pies (get the lemon meringue -- you won't regret it), and a one-day-only menu that in the past has featured buttermilk fried chicken, a croque madame and wild boar bolognese. Afterward, it's the third and final Art-y After Party featuring Mayor Mark Funkhouser. The Shortleaf Band headlines the party. It's from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Triplewide (523 Walnut).
It's the third annual Mardi Gras Festival at the Power & Light District on Saturday. Listen to Perpetual Change and sip $3 beers or hurricanes. The district plans to give out 30,000 strands of beads to those in attendance. There's no cover, but $20 gets you a souvenir cup that can be filled with as many well drinks or Miller/Coors drafts as you can slug down between 9 and 11 p.m.
Mardi Gras continues on Sunday with the Blues & Brews for the Zoo at B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ (1205 E. 85th St.). The benefit for the Kansas City Zoo includes music from Ernest James Zydeco, plus gumbo, jambalaya and drink specials. It costs a $10 donation to attend.
It's Spring Soup & Crafts Day at the Rice-Tremonti Home (8801 E. 66th St., Raytown). Get homemade soups, cornbread and desserts at the event held on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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